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Shaun Murphy Seriously Pissed Off After Losing To Amateur

Shaun Murphy Seriously Pissed Off After Losing To Amateur

Shaun Murphy felt "extremely hard done by" after being beaten by amateur player Si Jiahui in the opening round of the UK Snooker Championship.

The world number six believes it to be wrong that professional players have to face amateurs in tournaments.

"I am going to sound like a grumpy old man but that young man shouldn't be in the tournament," Murphy told BBC 5 Live.

"It is not fair, it is not right."

Murphy lost 6-5 to Si on Tuesday. The Chinese teenager roared into a 3-0 lead but Murphy fought back to level the match at 5-5 only for Si to win the final frame.

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"I feel extremely hard done by that I have lost to someone who shouldn't even be in the building," said Murphy.

"I don't know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our living. We are self-employed individuals and not contracted sportsmen. We don't play for a team.

"The other 127 runners and riders in the tournament, it is their livelihood too. It is wrong, in my opinion, to walk into somebody who is not playing with the same pressures and concerns I am.

"He played like a man who does not have a care in the world, because he does not have a care in the world. It is not fair, it is not right.

"I am not picking on him as a young man, he deserved his victory. Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, the end.

"This is our livelihood. This is how I put food on the table. This is how I earn money. Since turning professional at 15, I have earned the right to call myself a professional snooker player. He hasn't done that. He shouldn't be on the table."

World Snooker Tour response to Shaun Murphy

In a statement responding to Murphy, the World Snooker Tour said: "Many elite amateur players like Si Jiahui train and compete full time in the hope of earning a guaranteed tour place, therefore they are competing under significant pressure with no guarantees.

"Providing opportunities for the best amateur players is important for our growth as a sport and that is something that Shaun benefitted from during his early days as a player."

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